My vintage leather folio: How great things age

Read MoreSep 23rd 2015

   I bought this vintage folio from Bentleys Antiques in London last year, and it has proved fantastically useful.  We can all count ourselves lucky that laptops (well, MacBooks anyway) are only a touch bigger than European writing paper in the...

My vintage leather folio: How great things age

   I bought this vintage folio from Bentleys Antiques in London last year, and it has proved fantastically useful.  We can all count ourselves lucky that laptops (well, MacBooks anyway) are only a touch bigger than European writing paper in the...

Sep 23rd 2015

How great things have aged: Bentleys antiques

Read MoreJan 14th 2011

It’s easy to think that people have always appreciated vintage items like leather luggage, bags and accessories. But back in the early eighties, that wasn’t the case. It was only in the middle of that decade that taste in the UK started to turn a...

How great things have aged: Bentleys antiques

It’s easy to think that people have always appreciated vintage items like leather luggage, bags and accessories. But back in the early eighties, that wasn’t the case. It was only in the middle of that decade that taste in the UK started to turn a...

Jan 14th 2011

How great things age: Edward Green 3

Read MoreMay 28th 2010

Well, my favourite pair of shoes, the Oundles from Edward Green, are back from refurbishment and looking pretty darn good. As requested, here are a few pictures of them in their new, refreshed state. The upper is unchanged, save for a few layers of ...

How great things age: Edward Green 3

Well, my favourite pair of shoes, the Oundles from Edward Green, are back from refurbishment and looking pretty darn good. As requested, here are a few pictures of them in their new, refreshed state. The upper is unchanged, save for a few layers of ...

May 28th 2010

How great things age

Read MoreMar 9th 2021

How great things age

Mar 9th 2021

Collectable cards show the ages of British Costume

Read MoreDec 2nd 2022

Near where I grew up in Mortlake, south-west London, there is an incredible antiques shop.  ‘Memories of Mortlake’ is the life’s work of collector Elke Crowther, who sadly passed away last year, after decades of selling anything and everything...

Collectable cards show the ages of British Costume

Near where I grew up in Mortlake, south-west London, there is an incredible antiques shop.  ‘Memories of Mortlake’ is the life’s work of collector Elke Crowther, who sadly passed away last year, after decades of selling anything and everything...

Dec 2nd 2022

How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give their tips

Read MoreOct 16th 2019

Vintage clothing has become more and more popular over the past decade.  Underneath obvious markers like the launch of brands RRL, or artificially aged sneakers, men have been gradually buying into vintage because it’s authentic, because it’s a ...

How to buy vintage clothing: Three experts give their tips

Vintage clothing has become more and more popular over the past decade.  Underneath obvious markers like the launch of brands RRL, or artificially aged sneakers, men have been gradually buying into vintage because it’s authentic, because it’s a ...

Oct 16th 2019

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and salt damage

Read MoreMar 6th 2020

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes.  Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with all ...

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and salt damage

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes.  Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with all ...

Mar 6th 2020

A vintage shopping day in New York

Read MoreMay 3rd 2024

Recently myself, photographer Alex Natt and Carl and Oliver from Rubato (above) spent a day vintage shopping in New York. It was a lot of fun, and also I think interesting for those that are fairly new to vintage, or can find the process frustrating....

A vintage shopping day in New York

Recently myself, photographer Alex Natt and Carl and Oliver from Rubato (above) spent a day vintage shopping in New York. It was a lot of fun, and also I think interesting for those that are fairly new to vintage, or can find the process frustrating....

May 3rd 2024

The Eddie Bauer ‘Skyliner’ and how to find one

Read MoreFeb 26th 2024

With the growth of interest in outdoor clothing in recent years, there has been a predictable dive into the history of companies that produced it, of which one of the most prominent was Eddie Bauer.  One reason I find this exploration interesting is...

The Eddie Bauer ‘Skyliner’ and how to find one

With the growth of interest in outdoor clothing in recent years, there has been a predictable dive into the history of companies that produced it, of which one of the most prominent was Eddie Bauer.  One reason I find this exploration interesting is...

Feb 26th 2024

How to sell a watch

Read MoreMar 8th 2024

I know a few people that are looking to sell watches they bought in recent years. The market’s probably been through a peak of popularity, and it’s not surprising that there some who regretted something they bought, or perhaps need the cash more ...

How to sell a watch

I know a few people that are looking to sell watches they bought in recent years. The market’s probably been through a peak of popularity, and it’s not surprising that there some who regretted something they bought, or perhaps need the cash more ...

Mar 8th 2024

Edward Sexton great coat: Style Breakdown

Read MoreMar 22nd 2024

This great coat from Edward Sexton is probably the most unusual model in this series, which has been looking at the styles of my various bespoke coats, in particular how they are cut and made. Sexton coats tend to have a bit of drama to them anyway,...

Edward Sexton great coat: Style Breakdown

This great coat from Edward Sexton is probably the most unusual model in this series, which has been looking at the styles of my various bespoke coats, in particular how they are cut and made. Sexton coats tend to have a bit of drama to them anyway,...

Mar 22nd 2024

The canvas chore coat - and buying vintage online

Read MoreJun 29th 2022

I increasingly find that for the kind of casual outerwear I wear at the weekend (for taking the kids to the park, and similarly hard-wearing activities) I always prefer vintage.  There are exceptions, of course. A Bryceland’s white chore coat, for...

The canvas chore coat - and buying vintage online

I increasingly find that for the kind of casual outerwear I wear at the weekend (for taking the kids to the park, and similarly hard-wearing activities) I always prefer vintage.  There are exceptions, of course. A Bryceland’s white chore coat, for...

Jun 29th 2022

Wearing black shoes with jeans

Read MoreApr 1st 2024

This is something I’ve had questions about recently - I assume because fashion generally has taken a turn towards black and, combined with the general casualisation going, black shoes and jeans have become a more common styling choice. So the answe...

Wearing black shoes with jeans

This is something I’ve had questions about recently - I assume because fashion generally has taken a turn towards black and, combined with the general casualisation going, black shoes and jeans have become a more common styling choice. So the answe...

Apr 1st 2024

Reader profile: Niyi

Read MoreApr 26th 2024

By André Larnyoh I’ve known Niyi for three or four years and he’s always someone I’ve learnt from. His style is eclectic: classic menswear brands alongside contemporary fashion, bursts of colour with subdued tones. Yet somehow he always finds ...

Reader profile: Niyi

By André Larnyoh I’ve known Niyi for three or four years and he’s always someone I’ve learnt from. His style is eclectic: classic menswear brands alongside contemporary fashion, bursts of colour with subdued tones. Yet somehow he always finds ...

Apr 26th 2024

Collars are more flattering with tailoring - but do you care?

Read MoreApr 17th 2024

I’ve regularly worn T-shirts or crewnecks under tailoring over the years. Not as frequently as a collared shirt, but when you’re always looking for more ways to wear suits and jackets, the more relaxed look of a T-shirt has perennial appeal.  I?...

Collars are more flattering with tailoring - but do you care?

I’ve regularly worn T-shirts or crewnecks under tailoring over the years. Not as frequently as a collared shirt, but when you’re always looking for more ways to wear suits and jackets, the more relaxed look of a T-shirt has perennial appeal.  I?...

Apr 17th 2024

Why Ferdinando Caraceni is closing: An interview with Nicoletta Caraceni

Read MoreMar 11th 2024

Ferdinando Caraceni is one of the world's best-regarded bespoke tailors, based in Milan. It has been run since his death in 2004 by Ferdinando's daughter, Nicoletta, and they have made me three jackets over the past 10 years. You can see them and oth...

Why Ferdinando Caraceni is closing: An interview with Nicoletta Caraceni

Ferdinando Caraceni is one of the world's best-regarded bespoke tailors, based in Milan. It has been run since his death in 2004 by Ferdinando's daughter, Nicoletta, and they have made me three jackets over the past 10 years. You can see them and oth...

Mar 11th 2024

Buck Mason, Novesta, New & Lingwood: Spring ‘24 Highlights

Read MoreApr 24th 2024

Our seasonal summary of things I’ve seen and liked rolls around again, and as ever is a good mechanism to answer questions about new products from established brands, such as the City Moc from Saman Amel (above). But it’s also, by design, a mix o...

Buck Mason, Novesta, New & Lingwood: Spring ‘24 Highlights

Our seasonal summary of things I’ve seen and liked rolls around again, and as ever is a good mechanism to answer questions about new products from established brands, such as the City Moc from Saman Amel (above). But it’s also, by design, a mix o...

Apr 24th 2024

When to wear a tie: Personality and opportunity

Read MoreFeb 19th 2024

At Pitti Uomo back in January I took the opportunity to wear mostly tailoring and ties - the two outfits shown above and below. And it felt great.  I know there are traditionalists who see me as the antithesis of this, as I’m rarely pictured weari...

When to wear a tie: Personality and opportunity

At Pitti Uomo back in January I took the opportunity to wear mostly tailoring and ties - the two outfits shown above and below. And it felt great.  I know there are traditionalists who see me as the antithesis of this, as I’m rarely pictured weari...

Feb 19th 2024

Paris: A menswear shopping guide - 2024 update

Read MoreMay 10th 2024

Quite a lot has changed in the five years since we last updated this Paris shopping guide (and yes, I know just as much as changed elsewhere - we will also update the others!).  Kenjiro Suzuki has left, the Viaduc des Arts has drifted, and the ex...

Paris: A menswear shopping guide - 2024 update

Quite a lot has changed in the five years since we last updated this Paris shopping guide (and yes, I know just as much as changed elsewhere - we will also update the others!).  Kenjiro Suzuki has left, the Viaduc des Arts has drifted, and the ex...

May 10th 2024

Pre-order for the Cashmere Crewneck and Cashmere Rugby

Read MoreMar 13th 2024

The pre-order window for our most popular product last year - the Cashmere Crewneck - and my personal favourite - the Cashmere Rugby - opens today.  The point of the pre-order is to make sure no one misses out on them - as some did last year - and t...

Pre-order for the Cashmere Crewneck and Cashmere Rugby

The pre-order window for our most popular product last year - the Cashmere Crewneck - and my personal favourite - the Cashmere Rugby - opens today.  The point of the pre-order is to make sure no one misses out on them - as some did last year - and t...

Mar 13th 2024

B&Tailor double-breasted overcoat: Review

Read MoreMar 6th 2024

We covered the Korean outfit B&Tailor in some detail here at the beginning of the month. For details on them, their history and their style, please read that article.  It might seem a little odd splitting things up like this, but I find it makes...

B&Tailor double-breasted overcoat: Review

We covered the Korean outfit B&Tailor in some detail here at the beginning of the month. For details on them, their history and their style, please read that article.  It might seem a little odd splitting things up like this, but I find it makes...

Mar 6th 2024

The Valet: Becoming a one-stop shop for clothing care

Read MoreMar 18th 2024

The Valet has become an all-round care and repair location in the past couple of years, which is great for our general push to encourage readers to look after their clothes better. Having started with pressing, then adding dry cleaning and shoe care,...

The Valet: Becoming a one-stop shop for clothing care

The Valet has become an all-round care and repair location in the past couple of years, which is great for our general push to encourage readers to look after their clothes better. Having started with pressing, then adding dry cleaning and shoe care,...

Mar 18th 2024

Yuketen, Crescent Down Works, Big Rock Candy Mountaineering - brands in Paris

Read MoreMar 25th 2024

Last week I wrote about visiting the Paris trade shows for the first time, and being able to interview some new brands as a result. Today I’m going to highlight three that we found particularly interesting.  The first is Yuketen, the craft-based s...

Yuketen, Crescent Down Works, Big Rock Candy Mountaineering - brands in Paris

Last week I wrote about visiting the Paris trade shows for the first time, and being able to interview some new brands as a result. Today I’m going to highlight three that we found particularly interesting.  The first is Yuketen, the craft-based s...

Mar 25th 2024

Black corduroy suit from Zizolfi/Pommella: Learning how to wear it

Read MoreJun 19th 2023

In my continued exploration of all things the colour of mourning, I commissioned this black-corduroy suit from Pommella (trousers) and Zizolfi (jacket) last year.  The logic seemed sound: if black is going to work in tailoring, I’d consistently fo...

Black corduroy suit from Zizolfi/Pommella: Learning how to wear it

In my continued exploration of all things the colour of mourning, I commissioned this black-corduroy suit from Pommella (trousers) and Zizolfi (jacket) last year.  The logic seemed sound: if black is going to work in tailoring, I’d consistently fo...

Jun 19th 2023

J Press, Stock Vintage, CHCM, Snyder: New New York

Read MoreOct 24th 2022

It was really nice to be in New York last week, after a break of three years. (The last time being for our Ivy Symposium.)  I got to see many old friends, both in the industry (Steven Taffel of Leffot and I realised we both have our 15-year annivers...

J Press, Stock Vintage, CHCM, Snyder: New New York

It was really nice to be in New York last week, after a break of three years. (The last time being for our Ivy Symposium.)  I got to see many old friends, both in the industry (Steven Taffel of Leffot and I realised we both have our 15-year annivers...

Oct 24th 2022